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Shin Splints

What are Shin Splints?

shin splintsShin splints, or medial tibial stress syndrome, refer to pain in the inner edge of the shin bone, especially between the ankle and the knee. They usually afflict people who participate in strenuous physical activities like sports and especially tend to plague runners. It occurs when the shin experiences excessive stress, which leads to swelling in the muscles and finally results in increased pressure against the shinbone. They can also occur after bone fractures, muscle weakness or inflexibility, and poor training habits.

The condition is cumulative, and the repeated stress on the lower leg can prevent the body from going about the natural repair process. The symptoms of shin splints include:

  • Dull pain in the inner or front part of the lower leg, especially during exercise
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain on either or both sides of the shinbone
  • Swelling, soreness or tenderness in the lower leg
  • Numb or weak feet

Common Treatment Options

  • Stretching and strengthening
  • Pain relieving modalities such as heat, cold and pain medication when necessary
  • NSAID
  • Acupuncture & dry needling for pain management
  • Soft tissue release
  • Cupping
  • Rest

Physiotherapists Treat Shin Splints

At Physiomobility, we have a team of qualified professionals who offer specialized treatment for various musculoskeletal conditions. Whether you have a chronic medical condition, such as arthritis, or you have experienced a sports injury, or suffer from dizziness and vertigo our experienced physiotherapists will provide you personalized treatment, offering you relief from pain and discomfort and enabling you to get back to your usual activities quickly.